Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

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Sugru for spray deck reinforcement?

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Hi Folks
My spray deck has developed some wear holes where I have been dragging boats across the deck to empty out the water. Once I have managed to repair the holes with Black Witch I was thinking about then reinforcing around the hole and the likely high wear areas on the rim with Sugru. My plan was to apply the Sugru to the deck whilst it is stretched over a boat. The deck itself is a fairly cheap all neoprene job, so has no other reinforcement at this stage.

Has anybody tried this? Any idea how well Sugru bonds to the neoprene and is it hard enough when set to be effective?

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Not sure how economical it'll be to use Sugru versus buying a new, reinforced, deck TBH.

I've used Sugru for a few things, not sure how well it'd stick to neoprene though, especially given the stretching & flexing that'll take place....

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Thanks for the reply. I wasn't thinking of a ring of Sugru around the whole front half of the cockpit but more of a 10-15cm long strip, mainly non the right side where I normally pull the other boat from.
Your point about the stretching and flexing is a good one, I think it very much depends on how well it bonds to the neoprene. I have not actually used Sugru for any job yet so don't really know what it is like when hardened and used regularly.

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Considering the cost of that much sugru, I wouldn't bother, just black-witch the holes, and put the money towards a new deck in the future Perhaps, a better use of sugru would be covering bolts to stop them leaking.

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Sew up the holes and then paint a 10cm strip around the rim with latex

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Sugru is not appropriate for this. Liquid Latex is very much so.
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Thanks for the tips on using liquid latex, that does sound like a better solution

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Sugru will not stretch enough for this application. Its flexible when it cures, but not too stretchy.

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Definitely don't use Sugru for this. Neoprene glue and maybe off cuts of neoprene from and old deck or wetsuit would be best. Be patient and take time to do a good repair in stages rather than the whole lot at once.

Sugru has its uses. However, I am finding that the similar sounding Shoo Goo is much better value and has far more uses for miscellaneous repairs to kit. It is good at bridging holes too as it is designed for repairing skateboarders shoes.

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Sugru is ridiculously expensive. I've used it, but had also some success with this stuff:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To- ... ubstitute/

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If you put your boat on edge when pulling boats over, you can avoid contact with the deck.

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